Volunteer FAQ

Our Volunteer FAQs

If you need answers to your queries, please free to contact us and a member of our team will get back to you with a reply. We have provided answers to some of the more common questions below.

Make-A-Wish has more than 200 volunteers across Ireland with diverse backgrounds, skills, and experience. To become a volunteer, you simply need to be 21 years or older, and to be an event helper you need to be 16 years and over. We welcome individuals of all ages, backgrounds and cultures.

Fundraising: Volunteers support key fundraising events, hold their own fundraisers and help to raise awareness of the charity throughout the country.

Community Volunteer: As a community volunteer you will be involved in visiting wish children, participating in fundraising events and being an ambassador for Make-A-Wish in your area.

School Visit Representatives: Volunteers visit schools on our behalf, presenting to students about Make-A-Wish Ireland and represent us at cheque presentations. 

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  • To become a community volunteer, you will need to complete an application form which will be emailed to you. Once your application is processed you will be required to complete a phone interview, Garda vetting and formal training.
  • To become a fundraising volunteer please contact Sheila on 01 2052012 or email sheila@makeawish.ie. The fundraising team will be able to assist and guide you on your fundraising idea
  • To become a school visit representative please contact Mary on 01 2052012 or email mary@makeawish.ie. You may be required to complete garda vetting.

Make-A-Wish Ireland reserve the right to reject volunteer applications at any stage during this process. Please email Claire at volunteer@makeawish.ie for an application form.

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Event planning, experience of working with children, fundraising, creative design, project management, budget keeping, previous volunteer, strong local contacts and computer skills. These are all desirable skills but are not a necessity.

Due to the nature of the work we do, there is no standard time that our volunteers need to commit to.

On average, our community volunteers would be involved in 2 to 3 wishes per year. Depending on the nature of the wish would determine how much of a time commitment is required. Community Volunteers are also expected to volunteer on Wish Day and participate in one fundraising event a year.

All Make-A-Wish ‘Community Volunteers’ must complete Garda vetting prior to becoming a volunteer. You will also be asked to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement. Fundraising or one-off volunteer do not need to adhere to Garda vetting.

No! We have plenty of short term volunteering options available. Click here to view our Fundraising page. As we receive no government funding, we rely solely on donations and fundraisers held by volunteers.

Formal training is mandatory for all Community volunteers. You may not attend a wish visit until this training is completed. This training typically lasts 2 hours and is facilitated by our Volunteer Coordinator or a Lead Volunteer in your area.